Campus in the autumn


The Department of Linguistics and English Language at Lancaster is one of the largest department of its kind in the UK. In the subject league tables, we are ranked 15th in the world for Linguistics in the 2021 QS World University Rankings, and 7th in the Complete University Guide (CUG) 2022 and in the CUG we are joint first for graduate prospects.

For over 40 years we have been known internationally for innovative qualitative and quantitative research on language that advances both theory and practical applications. We have a state-of-the-art phonetics laboratory and cutting-edge eye-tracking and EEG equipment for psycholinguistic research. We are one of the world’s top centres for corpus linguistics and its applications and we are internationally known for our work in fields such as critical discourse analysis, language testing, literacy research and cognitive linguistics. More recently, we have developed our expertise in sociophonetics, forensic linguistics, business communication and intercultural communication.

We are committed to high quality teaching - we like our students to have access to our research through our courses. New ideas and developments feed directly into what our students learn. Some of our staff have received awards for teaching and we constantly strive to improve.